Patriots work out TE Jake Byrne

Patriots work out TE Jake Byrne

A league source has confirmed an earlier report that New England worked out tight end Jake Byrne Monday.
Byrne, 6-4, 260-pounds, signed with the Saints this April as an undrafted free agent. New Orleans waived him before final roster cuts on August 27.
The Patriots have done some TE shuffling in recent weeks. The depth chart got thinner when Kellen Winslow asked for release on September 30. And though recovery time for Aaron Hernandez's ankle sprain isn't supposed to be long, he's not yet back at practice.
Rob Gronkowski was on the injury report last week with some kind of hip trouble. He did play against Buffalo last Sunday, however, and had five catches for 104 yards and a touchdown.
Daniel Fells played a season-high 45 of 77 snaps against the Bills. Your fourth and final tight end on the Patriots roster, Michael Hoomanawanui, was in for just 7.
Visanthe Shiancoe still has four weeks before he can be activated off IR.
New England currently has a maxed-out practice squad with eight players (zero tight ends). It's hard to say where Byrne would fit in.
ESPN Boston's Field Yates had the first report.

Pedroia returns to lineup as Sox look to extend winning streak to six

Pedroia returns to lineup as Sox look to extend winning streak to six


After leaving Thursday night's game in the fifth inning and missing Friday night's game, Dustin Pedroia is back in the Red Sox lineup Saturday as they look to extend their winning streak to six in a 4:05 game against the Seattle Mariners.

Pedroia felt pain his left knee Thursday night and was taken out of the game by manager John Farrell as a precaution. The rainy conditions and wet field were also factors in keeping the second baseman out Thursday and Friday. 

Pedroia (.288, two homers, 21 RBI) had surgery on the knee in October. It's the same leg that was hurt when Manny Machado slid into Pedroia at second base in April, the slide that sparked various confrontations between the Orioles and Red Sox.

Left-hander Brian Johnson (1-0, 7.20 ERA) was called up from Triple-A Pawtucket to make his second start of the season for Boston and right-handed reliever Ben Taylor was optioned to the PawSox. Right-hander Rob Whalen, 23,  comes up from Triple-A Tacoma to make his first start of the season for the Mariners. 

The lineups:

MARINERS
Jean Segura SS
Danny Valencia 1B
Robinson Canó 2B
Nelson Cruz DH
Kyle Seager 3B
Taylor Motter LF
Guillermo Heredia RF
Mike Zunino C
Jarrod Dyson CF
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Rob Whalen RHP

RED SOX
Mookie Betts RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
Andrew Benintendi LF
Hanley Ramirez DH
Mitch Moreland 1B
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Sandy Leon C
Deven Marrero 3B
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Brian Johnson LHP